Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]. Edmund Spenser, John Upton, John UPTON, ca.
Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]
Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]
Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]
Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]

Spenser's Faerie Queene... A New Edition, with a Glossary, and Notes Explanatory and Critical [FIRST CRITICAL EDITION]

London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1758. Two volumes, quarto. xlii, [68, glossary], 673, [1, blank]; 673, [1. blank]pp. Contemporary diced calf, elaborately tooled in gilt; spine with raised bands, red and green gilt morocco labels, covers with gilt-tooled borders (extremities lightly rubbed, slight chipping at spine heads both vols.). Marbled endleaves, gilt dentelles, a.e.g., green silk ribbon markers (with offsetting to leaves 2H2 verso and 2H3 recto in vol. 1; 2R3 verso and 2R4 recto in vol. 2). Occasional light marginal foxing and dust smudges. Clean, half-inch tear at fore-margin leaf 4Q3 in vol. 2. A nearly fine set of an important critical work, printed on heavy stock, with very ample margins, beautifully bound and fully intact.

First critical edition of this celebrated English epic poem, dedicated to Elizabeth I. "The Faerie Queene was a new departure in the history of English poetry, being a combination of Italian romance, classical epic, and native English styles, principally derived from Chaucer" (Andrew Hadfield, in: ODNB online). The Church of England clegyman, John Upton (1707-1760) was an accomplished classical and literary scholar. Apart from the present work, "he published an excellent edition of Arrian's Epictetus in two volumes (1739–41)... and some critical observations on the plays of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson" (E.C. Marchant, in: ODNB online). Upton's edition of The Faerie Queene marks an epoch in Spencer scholarship, as he makes a first attempt to present the original spelling of the text, and is the first editor to provide extensive annotations which trace sources and identify historical personages. "[A]ll later annotators are indebted to Upton's erudition" (Radcliffe).

Alston 3:101. Carpenter, Reference Guide to Edmund Spenser, 116. ESTC T134641. Evans, Edmund Spenser, a Bibliographical Supplement, 55, no.5. Radcliffe, Spenser and the Tradition, English Poetry 1579-1830 (online database via Virginia Tech).

Provenance: Printed label of Anthony Godwin Hail, a contributor to the Blake Estate Oral History Project (UC Berkeley); 18th-century engraved armorial bookplate William Adair, Esq. Item #49292

Price: $1,000.00

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